Report: Ex Celtic man Roy Keane unlikely to return to Scottish football with Hibs

By David Walton

May 3, 2022

Former Celtic man Roy Keane isn’t being considered for the vacant manager’s post at Hibernian, according to the Edinburgh Evening News.

The Times reported over a week ago that the ex-Manchester United hero was keen on succeeding Shaun Maloney at Easter Road. The same outlet then stated earlier today that Keane had been turned off by Hibs’ transfer policy.

And it looks as though any potential approach is no longer on the cards. The Evening News states that the club hasn’t had any contact from Keane over his apparent interest.

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Hibs are to complete their shortlist of candidates after speaking to a host of potential options down south. Keane wasn’t one of them and won’t be on their list when it’s narrowed down later this week.

The report states that Hibs are seeking an experienced option after they failed to click with Maloney. The lack of time given to the former Celtic winger will also likely be a concern for many potential candidates.

Keane has managed Sunderland and Ipswich but hasn’t been a number 1 since leaving the latter back in 2011. Keane was also linked with the Celtic managerial role before the appointment of Ange Postecoglou last summer [Scottish Sun].

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Ex-Celtic man Keane not making an imminent return to Scottish football

Well, the link was fun while it lasted. In fairness, there have also been reports in Ireland stating that Keane wasn’t interested in the role regardless [Sunday World].

Even so, it would’ve been absolutely box office to see him back in Scottish football. It would’ve attracted more eyes on the game and it would’ve been intriguing to see whether he could’ve bolstered his reputation. It could certainly do with it given how poorly things ended at Ipswich over a decade ago.

Of course, there’s that old argument with Keane as to whether his no-nonsense approach would work in a modern-day dressing room. The Hibs squad doesn’t exactly come across as the most battle-hardened of groups. As entertaining as Keane is on Sky Sports, it’s difficult to know how he would fare when it comes to man-management.

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Keane does have experience of being a number 2 to Martin O’Neill. He played back-up to Martin during a successful stint with the Republic of Ireland and a lesser exciting time with Nottingham Forest.

He does have experience to an extent, but it would be a total gamble from Hibs if they gave him the role. Then again, given the job that needs done there in the summer, so to would any managerial appointment they decided to make.

For now, it looks as though ex-Celtic title-winner Keane won’t be leaving that comfy Sky studio just yet.

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